CMPD: Mental health professionals to pair with officers on calls

A new team is in the works at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to help ease situations involving people with mental health and substance abuse problems.

CMPD has just announced plans to expand its Crisis Intervention Team. Mental health professionals will be paired with officers and go out on calls.

“Sometimes it’s as simple as making sure they’re taking their medication and other times, it’s making sure they know more services are available to them,” said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.

The City of Charlotte has just approved a contract for about $600,000 to make additions to the Crisis Intervention Team.

CMPD hopes to have the CIT expansion up and running in April.

“What we’re trying to do is be proactive so that we can give them those services, so that the last resort is not locking up people that we should be trying to render aid to,” Putney said.